From the Deputy PrincipalSeptember 15, 2020
Across the past month students from Years 7 – 11 have been engaged in finalising their subject choices for 2021 – yes it is hard to believe plans for next year are well underway, as it feels like we have just started 2020! In particular it has been fantastic for staff to meet with our parents from Year 10 and 11, as they were given the opportunity to have individual appointments to counsel as to options into the future at the College. The members of the panel have wholeheartedly appreciated sharing in the conversations, aspirations and goal setting with our student. Our Years 7 – 9 students have begun choosing from our Arts and Technologies selections, please refer to our handbooks on the College website to see the exciting plans our teachers are putting in place.
A number of our Year 10 – 12 students have been completing OLNA in numeracy, reading and writing, it is pleasing to see the positive attitude which they have approached these series of assessments. We encourage the girls to continue to work with their teachers on these areas.
As we enter into Week 8, I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 12s all the best over the coming weeks – our General students are working diligently to complete their final requirements not only of their classes but also completing their qualifications at a Certificate III level which is such an achievement and our ATAR students are preparing for their Trial WACE exams across Weeks 9 and 10 (plus students enrolled in practical subjects are completing their WACE Practical Examinations in the term break). We are proud that so many of our students have received an early offer to their university of choice and this is a credit to your hard work to date and equally are proud that you have continued to seek ways to improve your final results in all of your subjects!
We were excited to be able to celebrate Book Week across the whole College this year, with the focus being ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ and all students fully embraced the many activities which filled this week. We were fortunate to host two authors who led workshops for our Primary and Secondary students; Cristy Burne who blended all things STEM and creativity plus Deb Fitzpatrick who explored the world of creative writing. Humour, Science, personal journeys and creative writing formed the basis of these sessions. Our staff participated in a ‘read a thon’, ensuring that someone was reading in the bIBliotech across the 7½ hours of the day, they loved having this time to immerse themselves in their favourite book and to be true role models for our students (we think they loved also having some time huddled by our faux fire place on a winters day! Various mini-workshops were held at lunch time, including a speaker who volunteers at the Perth Zoo and who shared her experiences of the creatures housed on our doorstep plus the importance of conservation and craft workshops to create book marks and curious creatures. Our fabulous Years 3s themed their assembly item to take us on a journey through their favourite books and dazzling us with a fantastic performance touring through the ‘wild’ of the bIBliotech; from 101 Dalmations to Curious George to footy stars, our Year 3s clearly are becoming avid readers. Book week of course would not be complete with out dressing up as a favourite book character, and we loved seeing students and staff embrace this at the end of the week.
Finally, I would like to thank both our parent volunteers and our group of Year 11 community service students who have been assisting in the bIBliotech to cover our new reading books, we appreciate your time that you have given to us.